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February 24, 2006

AD: Gulfstream

AD NUMBER: 2006-04-13 MANUFACTURER: Gulfstream SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2006-04-13 Summary SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Model GIV-X and GV-SP series airplanes.

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Analysts: US Air Force May Halt C-130 AMP

Analyst Says Program Might Shift To New Planes

A private defense analyst said Thursday  the US Air Force is considering dropping a multibillion program to upgrade the avionics of current C-130 aircraft.

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Cessna Chairman Pelton Proposes Business Approach to Fund FAA

Calls to replace the aviation fuel tax with new user fees to fund improvements to U.S. airspace management are not supported by a business case, said Cessna Aircraft Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jack J. Pelton in a speech to government and industry officials at the Washington Aero Club.

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Pelton Fights User Fee Nonsense -- The Speech

Note: As previously reported, Cessna's Jack Pelton is leveraging the power of his position at the helm of one of the aerospace industry's most powerful companies to speak out against errant and short-sighted attempts by certain Washington and airline elements to change the funding paradigm for the FAA -- to the detriment of the rest of the aviation world.

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Family Of GA Plane Crash Victims Return To Say 'Thanks'

Plane Went Down In Atlantic Ocean In December

"We know you tried your best, and we thank you for the help you gave us." That was the message a Georgia family had for rescuers who worked to find the bodies of a father and his daughter who crashed last December off the Florida coast, and the volunteers who aided their family members throughout the ordeal.

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Count Them In: Revue Thommen Will Be At Heli-Expo

Company "Fully Committed" To US Rotary Wing Market

Swiss avionics manufacturer Revue Thommen told Aero-News Friday the company will have a full team of experts available to the members and guests of this year's Heli-Expo, coming up in Dallas this weekend.

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Venezuela Bars Delta, Continental Flights-- And Restricts American Airlines

Cites 10-Year-Old FAA Ban On Venezuelan Planes

Venezuela announced this week they have prohibited US carriers Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines from flying into the country.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 02.24.06

Barbara Tolbert Speaks About The 2006 Arlington EAA Fly-In

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 02.24.06 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.24.06 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- NWEAA's Barbara Tolbert: 02.24.06 (ANN's Feature News Program, with Barbara Tolbert on this year's NWEAA Arlington fly-in.)

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ANN Special Feature: Arlington Fly-In's Barbara Tolbert 02.24.06

It's one of North America's biggest fly-ins --- the EAA event in Arlington, Washington. Even the show's critics say it's well-run from both the customer's point of view... and that of the air show

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Going Fast With Class... TBM 850 Rollout Sets Elegant Standard

The Thursday evening public rollout of the new TBM 850 was expected to be a nice event... tucked away on the well-appointed and GA-friendly 'SouthEast Ramp' facility of Florida's Sanford (SRF) Airport in a beautifully decorated GA hangar and several hundred invited guests.

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X PRIZE Foundation Takes Next Step Toward $2 Million Lunar Lander Challenge

The X PRIZE Foundation (XPF) is moving forward with plans to offer a $2 million Lunar Lander Challenge (LLC) by releasing draft rules of the competition, making them available for public comment.

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Airbus Enjoys Asian Sales Success; Boeing, Well...

Singapore Show Is Treating Airbus VERY Well

It is no secret Airbus expected the 2006 Asian Aerospace show to be a good one, and so far that's proven to be the case. Perhaps just as important to the European consortium, however, is the relative quiet over at the Boeing booth.

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Big Deal! Adam Aircraft Partners With ST Engineering

Singapore Company To Provide MRO Support For A500/A700

Large aerospace manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing aren't the only ones making noise this week in Singapore. Thursday, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. signed a letter of intent with Adam Aircraft, to establish a strategic partnership to address the VLJ and piston aircraft market segments.

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Boyer Gets Congressman's Support In User Fee Fight

Has Congressman's Support

There is little doubt in AOPA President Phil Boyer's mind that a battle is looming over user fees for general aviation pilots. At a pilot's town hall meeting Wednesday in Wichita, KS, Boyer received some powerful support in that battle.

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Klyde Morris 02.24.06

Klyde Goes Undercover At TSA Again

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Raytheon Pushes Its 'Texan II' At Singapore Airshow

T-6 Also Getting Some Time In The Spotlight

Brazilian manufacturer Embraer isn't the only aerospace company fielding a light turboprop trainer to armed forces at the 2006 Asian Aerospace show in Singapore this week. Raytheon is also there, with its Beechcraft T-6 trainer.

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C-130s Help Bring Injured Heroes Home

The thunder of the C-130 Hercules engine vibrates through the cabin as the aircraft lifts off of the runway. Today’s mission is different than most. Today, Australians and Americans leave pallets and passengers behind, making room to gather the wounded and bring them back home.

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Two Alaska Airlines Flights Suffer Pressurization Woes This Week

Airline Officials Order Pressurization Checks

Alaska Airlines officials ordered fleetwide pressurization checks Thursday after two of its aircraft experienced cabin pressure problems this week.

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Things That Go Bump (Before) The Flight

Airliners Collide On Runway At Newark

The FAA is looking into what caused two Continental jets to collide as they prepared for takeoff from Newark Monday.

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General Dynamics Teams With General Atomics On Canada Predator Project

Canadian Air Force Will Fly UAVS As Part Of JUSTAS Program

General Dynamics Announced Thursday its Canadian Aerospace unit will team up with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to offer that company's Predator B unmanned surveillance aircraft to Canada's military forces.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Tips (02.24.06): Gear Verification


It’s not enough to move the landing gear switch to avoid a gear-up landing. To truly verify landing gear is down and locked you need to check at least four, and perhaps five results of moving the gear handle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.24.06)


Today’s youth are tomorrows pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers and maybe even rocket racing pilots (check your six, Jim).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.24.06): Bandit

Bandit Known enemy aircraft and type ordnance capability, if known.

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Aero-News Quote Of The Day (02.24.06)

"Being a young company, we are pleased to be associated with the world's largest third-party MRO service provider, ST Aerospace, which can provide not only first class MRO services for our customers but can also help our marketing efforts through their global footprint."

Source: Adam Aircraft CEO Rick Adam, on his company's singing of a letter of intent Thursday with Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) program for the A500 and A700 aircraft.

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